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The 2021 New Works Festival

The 2021 New Works Festival

The Cohen New Works Festival is a biennial celebration of new, bold, risk-taking, future-thinking, cutting-edge, no-holds-barred, adjective-filled, original performance! The festival welcomes and encourages artists from any discipline to join us in a week-long celebration of student-led performance.

Due to the realities of the Covid-19 outbreak, we are planning for this year’s festival to be a fully remote experience. While this means there won’t be an opportunity for artists and audiences to meet each other in the same physical space – we are excited to explore new means of creating powerful connections during this time of social distancing. 

The Cohen New Works Festival 2021 

April 12-16, 2021
This event is free and open to the public. 

The 2021 Cohen New Works Festival Selection Committee is comprised of current students, faculty and members of ExComm. We are committed to making sure we have a diverse, wide-range of artists serving on the Selection Committee. All selected projects will be announced in December 2020.


The Cohen New Works Festival encourages new creative partnerships across many disciplines and builds relationships across the Department of Theatre and Dance, the College of Fine Arts and The University of Texas at Austin.

Are you an individual artist looking for a project to collaborate on? Click below to fill out a form noting your interest in working on a New Works Festival project.


Are you a New Works Festival project looking for individual artists to collaborate with? Click below to fill out a form noting your collaborator needs or to view a spreadsheet of artists that have already expressed interest in working on projects.


The Executive Committee (EXCOMM) 

The EXCOMM is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students and the producers who are responsible for the planning and implementation of the 2021 New Works Festival.


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